Social progress from civil rights movement lost

Civil rights activists march with political leaders, including Denver mayor Wellington Webb and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, center, during a parade through Denver marking Martin Luther King Day in 1990. (Photo courtesy The Denver Public Library)

By some of the most important measures of social progress, black and Latino residents of Colorado have lost ground compared to white residents in the decades since the civil rights movement. Minority gains made during the 1960s and 1970s have eroded with time, an I-News Network analysis of six decades of demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau found. In other categories, the gaps between whites and minorities have steadily widened since 1960. The analysis focused on family income, poverty rates, high school and college graduation and home ownership. Health data and justice records examined also revealed disparities. Continue Reading →

Losing Ground: Gaps Illustrated

Latino and black residents of Colorado are falling further behind the state's white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress. An I-News Network analysis of six decades of U.S. Census data shows that the gaps between the three communities narrowed somewhat during the years surrounding the civil rights movement, but have widened in the decades since.

Use the buttons on the left column of this graphic to reveal a selection of statistics about economic disparities disparities between races. Return to the project home page. Illustration by: Michael Hall for I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS Continue Reading →

Voice: Dr. Levester Lyons

“One of the things I constantly talk about is voting. More young folks are saying voting’s not that important. They don’t understand that people died just trying to register to vote, not even being able to vote, just trying to be able to register.” Continue Reading →

Voice: Ramona Martinez

Ramona Martinez

“We’re spending billions of dollars on roads they’re blowing up in Afghanistan and our roads and our streets are going to heck. We’ve got to start focusing on our local communities.” Continue Reading →

Voice: Christine Marquez-Hudson

Christine Marquez-Hudson

“I think there will be a gradual closing of the gaps between whites and Hispanics. In recent years, I’ve seen more professionals in the Latino community, including more doctors, lawyers, teachers and business owners.” Continue Reading →

Voice: Ron Montoya

Ron Montoya

“I think it’s economics, the inability of families to provide the time necessary to assist their children because they are so busy just trying to survive.” Continue Reading →

Voice: Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

“There are many reasons for the widening gaps, including bad government policies, lack of individual responsibility and exploitation by people in business.” Continue Reading →